France signs grain export deal with Romania

France is to sign an agreement with Romania to help increase Ukrainian grain exports to developing countries, including to the Mediterranean, the French transport minister Clement Beaune said at the weekend in an interview on French radio.

After France, Romania is the second-largest EU-member exporter of wheat to non-EU countries, including Egypt, and is the largest exporter of corn. It has also been one of the alternative routes used to export Ukrainian grain.

“Tomorrow, I will sign an accord with Romania that will allow Ukraine to get even more grains out … towards Europe and developing countries, notably in the Mediterranean (countries) which need it for food,” the minister said. He noted that the deal would cover exports by land, sea and river.

According to a draft agreement of the French-Romanian deal, seen by Reuters, France would cooperate in a project aimed at increasing efficiency at the port of Galati, Romania, as well as equipping border points in northern Romania, maximizing the use of grain containers stationed in the port of Constanta, Romania, increasing the capacity there and in the Sulina canal.

France would also help to build a medium-term strategy on the axes of the corridor between Romania and Ukraine. It would provide pilings to optimize ship traffic. Finally, France would also provide funding for the initial technical expertise and work with Bucharest to identify financing for the future.